Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Cabin Fever

Popper Power

Triple digit heat wave incoming! Not much is happening with me in this weather.

A couple of mornings have been spent playing with the new float tube and throwing poppers for bass. The topwater bite has been pretty good but once the sun hits high noon the fish retreat to thick cover and I retreat home.

Big Green Sunfish Like It Too

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hex & Damsel Stillwater Vacation

Almanor Hex Sunset

The hex hatch and the damsel migration are two of California's most famous fly fishing attractions. Both the hatch and the migration draw in visitors from all over the country to beautiful Plumas County.

Timing can be everything when it comes to catching the hatch. Too early and the fish won't be keying on them, too late and the fish will be too full from gorging themselves. Factor in weather conditions, water temperature, and the crowds and you have your timing equation.

Manda and I pushed our visit to Quincy from last week to this week in order to catch the warmer and hopefully more productive weather.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Beale Falls & Dry Creek Hike

Dry Creek

Beale Falls is a small waterfall located west of Beale Air Force Base that is popular hiking and swimming destination. A small creek called Dry Creek parallels most of the sloped trail as it winds up and down the foothills where it eventually reaches the falls.

This was my first visit to the falls and where there is water there are fish. Time to explore some new local waters.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fly Tying - FFM Nymph

FMM Nymph Eater

The Yuba River can be quite finicky during the bright summer months. Nymphs and dries that produced throughout the year will all of a sudden stop working. The common go-to flies like the S&M nymph and rubberleg stone will still get a few grabs here and there but they aren't going to be the hot flies of the summer. What gives?

Long story short, PMDs...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Checkin' For Some Hexin'

Fresh Hex

Rumor has it that the Hex hatch has begun. Seeing is believe so I set out to the Afterbay to check if the big yellow bugs are out.
The Lower Yuba's flow was going down but have since been rose to a high 2,300 CFS. So much for fishing a normal summer flow. Nevertheless there are still fish to catch out there.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Four Day Take-A-Teen Fishing Trip

Beautiful Yellow Creek

June is one of the best months to fish the Sierras. The high run-off on streams, creeks, and rivers are beginning to recede and the bugs are starting to become more and more active. Hatches of midges, mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies will have fish actively looking for both nymphs and dries.

Joined with my kid brother Nick, we drove up to Plumas County to explore our opportunities and fish for four days. The weather was windy and the fishing was a bit slow... 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wet Wading 101: How To Wet Wade Comfortably

It's Wet Wading Season

I hate waders. I don't understand how we are living in the 21st century where we have the technology to send a set of individuals to space but we can't seem to make waders that don't leak. It doesn't matter if they are expensive or manufactured by big names like Simms, Redington, Patagonia, or Orvis, if it can leak it eventually will.

Thankfully I live in the warm state of California where I can avoid wearing waders for half the year, in comes wet wading. Wet wading is my preferred method of wading because not only is it is a good way to beat the heat, it also gives you a more "intimate" feel with nature.

Wet wading can be as simple as wearing your favorite pair of shorts and sandals but wet wading comfortably can be slightly more complicated.